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15 ria

dinwiddie | Feb 18, 2005 11:29 AM

We took a friend to dinner Saturday night at 15 ria (1515 Rhode Island Ave., hence the name) The restaurant in the Washington Terrace Hotel. It is a nice room, just off the lobby but separate from any noise.

We started with appetizers, oysters on the half shell for the boy, nice and briny but small. I had cornmeal crusted fried oysters, a wonderful and large serving of them, served with a Cayenne Remoulade. They were excellent, the cornmeal crusty and the oysters creamy and very tasty. My wife had a wonderful pear and goatcheese salad with pecans on butter lettuce. She thought it was exquisite. Our frind had the popcorn shrimp and calamari, also served with the remoulade sauce. It was very good. Presentation was excellent.

For entrees, I had the sirloin steak with crusted blue cheese, served with mashed potatos and fresh asparagas. Cooked just as requested, but I definitely prefer a NY strip to a sirloin. The boy had the oven grilled veal chop with a merlot sauce that was the special, cooked perfectly, served with mac and cheese and wonderful blue-cheese buttermilk onion rings. (The onion rings were so good, we ordered a side of them to share at the table.) My wife had the rockfish fillet with lemon-chive risotto cake, balsamic glaze, and shiitske mushrooms. It was very good, but the risotto cake was just too lemony. Our friend ordered the braised pork shank, served with a merlot sauce. The sauce was wonderful, but the meat was a little stringy. It was served with some very good caramalized brussel sprouts with pecans.

For dessert I had the cheese plate, not bad, especially the blue cheese, but not great. My son had the dessert sampler, espresso creme brule, chocolate grenache, and apple cobbler, all served in large jigger glasses. Our friend had the apple cobbler, served warm with whipped cream. My wife had the trio of sorbets, blood orange, lemon, and raspberry, served with blackberrys and whipped cream. Coffee and espresso ended the meal.

I took a 2002 Martinelli Road Chard. and a 1995 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot. Corkage fee was $20 but I gave the server (a very efficient and friendly fellow) some of each and he comped one of the corkage fees.

Dinner, tax, corkage, and 20% tip came out to just under $75 per person.

While I have had better in DC, this was not at all bad and I'll go again. I'd say their strengths were the appetizers and desserts but it was a very enjoyable meal.

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